DK needs to be consistently better for Seahawks in the regular season in 2023
Not to end on a sour note intentionally because DK Metcalf was brilliant for the Seahawks in the Wild Card game even if many other parts of the team were not good. I don’t want to take anything away from what Metcalf did versus San Francisco because the 49ers are very capable of winning the Super Bowl this year and Metcalf at times made them look silly. But if Metcalf were to play as he does in the playoffs consistently during any regular season, he would be a top-three receiver.
The problem is that Metcalf isn’t a top-three receiver in the NFL. He has the physical tools to do it, though. Maybe Seattle’s offense doesn’t move him around as much as it should or use him in more inventive ways. But Metcalf knows going into any given game that he is going to get double-covered a bunch and he needs to find ways to beat that coverage.
Against the 49ers, Metcalf had 2 touchdown catches. That marked the first time this season Metcalf had multiple touchdowns in a game. His 10 catches were his second-best output and his 136 receiving yards were also his second-best effort. Metcalf had his best game of the season versus the 49ers.
But the Seahawks need consistently more from Metcalf in 2023. He will be entering his fifth season but is still only 25 years old. He is also about to make a whole lot of money. Seattle will be paying him like the cornerstone of the offense, Metcalf now just needs to play like it week in and week out.